Maintaining a healthy lifestyle may be a part of your doctor's plan
These may include:
- Managing high-risk conditions—High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are all serious risk factors for stroke.
- Quitting smoking—Smoking can double your chances of having a stroke.
- Limiting alcohol intake—Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of stroke and other high-risk conditions. If you do consume alcohol, it is recommended that you drink no more than 2 drinks per day for men and no more than 1 drink per day for non-pregnant women.
- Losing weight—Excess weight increases your risk of stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Eating a healthy diet—Here are some recommendations for a healthy diet:
- Vegetables and fruits
- Whole-grain and high-fiber foods
- Fish twice a week
- Lean meats and poultry
- No saturated fats
- Low salt content
Starting an exercise routine—Before starting any exercise routine, talk with your doctor to develop an
exercise plan that’s right for you. Here are some exercises you can start for more physical activity:
- Try doing an activity, like stretching, during the day
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Go for a brisk walk after lunch or dinner
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